Green Power goes professional

Subject: Storage | November 14, 2007 - 03:02 PM |
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With the successful launch of the GP Caviar last month, Western Digital has extended their GreenPower lineup with the RE2-GP HDD.  It is a one terabyte drive, built for enterprise level storage, so you won't see high burst speeds as this drive is designed to provide reliable constant speeds.  It does retain it's lowered power requirements, as you wold expect, and you can see what else WD put in this drive over at The Tech Report.

Supersized portable storage

Subject: Storage | November 9, 2007 - 01:45 PM |
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If 4 and 8GB flash drives just don't cut it for you because of the size and amount of data you carry around, Hardware Logic has a review that will make your day.  How would you like a 160GB in a small 6oz package that should be tough enough to live in the bottom of a bag?  Head over and read all about the SimpleTech SimpleDrivePS.

The thumb drive that needs a finger

Subject: Storage | November 6, 2007 - 03:01 PM |
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If you have decided that using a thumb drive is a bad idea when it comes to transporting data you would prefer to keep private based on how easy they are to lose, then A-Data may have the perfect solution for you.  The FP1 drive offers both password protection as well as fingerprint scanning and can keep the data fairly secure even if you lose it.  The Tech Report tried it out, and while it isn't cheap or fast, it does give you some peace of mind.

Intel Simplifies Storage for Small Business and the Home

Subject: Storage | November 6, 2007 - 01:35 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 6, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced a new storage platform to ease the management of growing digital information, from protecting critical data in small businesses to safeguarding digital content in the home.

High density mobile storage

Subject: Storage | November 1, 2007 - 01:32 PM |
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Western Digital now offers a 2.5", 250GB Scorpio drive, finally providing mobile users with a speedy and high capacity HDD.  TweakTown was more than happy with the performance, as WD did not sacrifice speed for storage size, they fit both into a perfect little package.

Source: TweakTown

Big, bright and rugged

Subject: Storage | October 24, 2007 - 01:51 PM |
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Legion Hardware looks at OCZ's ruggedized flash drives, which could probably also be used to signal planes from the ground.  I suppose that if you are taking your flash drive diving or offroading, then it is useful to be able to spot the things from a half mile away.  They reviewed both the 4GB and 8GB models, but currently only the 4GB model shows up on Pricegrabber.

Give your cables a trim

Subject: Storage | October 22, 2007 - 04:12 PM |
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MektuMods wasn't overly impressed by the length of their SATA cables, and in the effort to clean up their case design, they took an axe to them.  Figuring the pin out was the easy part, but if you want to shorten your SATA cables as well, get ready to break out the soldering iron and hot glue gun.

Source: MetkuMods

Western Digital's mysterious green machine

Subject: Storage | October 18, 2007 - 12:11 PM |
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Western Digital's Caviar GreenPower is a large storage drive with a mission, offering high capacity (500GB, 750GB & 1TB) with a low energy requirement.  The mystery comes in when you try to determine the spindle speed and maximum sustained transfer rate which fall under WD's new IntelliPower, that will vary spindle speed based on storage capacity.  This backs up their claim to green power, as the drive is focused on efficiency, not speed re

Demand more from your NAS

Subject: Storage | October 15, 2007 - 01:37 PM |
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The Wireless D-Link DSM-G600 NAS offers a bit more than your average NAS device.  It will accept any PATA drive as it has a separate power input so you don't have to worry about USB power limits, and offers 2 USB 2.0 ports and an RJ45 plug as well as 802.11B and G, giving you plenty of choices to transfer your data.  It also knows how to act as both an FTP server and a media server, so read the

Source: X-Bit Labs

Hurry up and wait

Subject: Storage | October 9, 2007 - 03:27 PM |
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Over at Tech Spot is a review of a drive you will never buy.  The good news being that it is a Blu-Ray drive capable of writing and rewriting, but the problem is that it costs just short of $1000, and it's replacement that will be coming very soon costs about half of that.  You can check out the review to see what this current drive does, but both Tech Spot and I recommend waiting for the cheaper and faster model.

Source: Tech Spot

Tested to destruction ... and beyond

Subject: Storage | October 4, 2007 - 12:39 PM |
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Not content with running over the Corsair Survivor with a car, or drowning it, or subjecting it to sniper fire, and various other devious and deviant tests of durability, HEXUS has crossed a line.

They ran over the Survivor with this.



Don't try that at home
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Source: Hexus

Hot swapping made easy

Subject: Storage | September 27, 2007 - 05:16 PM |
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SATA 2 makes your devices hot swappable, but seeing as how it is more likely that your SATA 2 drive is an internal HDD or optical storage drive, it isn't really very easy to open the case up to swap the drives around, even if your case offers tool-less mounting.  Vantec has been quick to take advantage of this, with their EZ Swap EX.  It is essentially a 5.25" adapter that fits into an empty bay in your case and a 3.5" cover into which your drive goes.  Easy as pie to hot swap your SATA drives now, although Driver Heave

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A second helping of caviar

Subject: Storage | September 25, 2007 - 05:28 PM |
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The new revision of Western Digital's Caviar 750GB HDD, the RE2 sports tweaked firmware and RAID optimizations.  As it is an enterprise class HDD they also did more reliability testing, and extended the warranty, which the home user can also benefit from.  The big news is the drop from on Write seek time; from 10.9ms to 9.6ms.  From their testing The Tech Report found that while it is faster than the first revis

Super small, super speedy

Subject: Storage | September 18, 2007 - 06:05 PM |
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The PQI Intelligent Flash Drive i810 is an example of small thinking at it's best.  512MB-2GB of storage in a 2 gram, 1.18 x 0.6 x 0.2 inch package, with a normal sized loop to feed a clip or string through and a retractable USB port.  ExtremeMhz was already impressed with the compactness of this tiny storage solution, and were blown away by the performance.

Source: ExtremeMhz

Revisiting Solid State Drives

Subject: Storage | September 13, 2007 - 01:58 PM |
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Super Talent's new SSD drive offers 128GB of storage, a significant increase in size from the first SSDs to hit the market, as well as cost.  They estimate ~$4600, though I guess that is cheaper than 128GB of RAM.  When The Tech Report did their testing, they proved that the drives technology has come a long way from the first batch, and it's random access times are awe inspiring.  Unfortunately, the drive cannot perform that well for all of the tests.

RAID: not just for bugs

Subject: Storage | September 10, 2007 - 01:39 PM |
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The first time you encounter them, RAIDs can seem a bit overwhelming, from having to buy two or more HDDs to figuring out the types 1 or 5 or 0+1, and then people start asking about stripe sizing.   AnandTech can give you some help figuring it all out, and get you started on building your own array, be it for safety, speed, or a bit of both.

Source: AnandTech

Hybrid Hard Drives Could Feature 1GB DDR Memory

Subject: Storage | September 5, 2007 - 11:01 AM |
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Hybrid hard disks have been a hot topic over the last year or so, and a company called DTS plans to release a drive that could have up to 1GB of DDR memory on-board.  It is a 2.5" drive, so current capacities are limited to 160GB.

Source: The Inquirer

Shrinking the HDD, and the performance

Subject: Storage | September 4, 2007 - 05:25 PM |
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X-bit Labs tested the Corsair Flash Voyager 8GB against the 8GB Seagate USB Pocket Hard Drive, to see which portable solution offers the best way to get your data while on the go.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Pushing the quiet button

Subject: Storage | August 30, 2007 - 02:22 PM |
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The Tech Report reviewed Hitachi's Deskstar 7K1000 terabyte HDD earlier this month, and liked the performance, but not the noise when the drive was seeking.  It turns out that they had disabled Hitachi's Automatic Acoustic Management, which is supposed to limit the noise produced.  Head over to find out how well it works, and what performance costs you can expect to see from enabling it.

Intel to Respond to Request for Additional Information in Creation of New Flash Memory Company

Subject: Storage | August 30, 2007 - 11:16 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 30, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced it has received a request for additional information from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in connection with the agency's regulatory review of the proposed transaction with STMicroelectronics and certain affiliates of Francisco Partners to form a private, independent semiconductor company that will design, develop and manufacture non-volatile memory products.